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Tareq Salahi Enters Virginia Governor's Race

Alleged White House party crasher kicked off his campaign for governor last week.

Tareq Salahi, who became famous after allegedly going to a White House dinner party without an invitation in 2009, kicked off his campaign to crash the Virginia Governorship last week.

Salahi officially began his campaign with a cookout this past weekend at his home in Linden, according to the Loudoun Times.

Salahi is calling his campaign “Crash the Vote,” a reference to the stunt he pulled with his wife at the time, Michaele Salahi, when they slunk past secret service agents and into a White House dinner party for India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Salahis have stayed in the spotlight since. Michaele appeared on the Bravo reality TV series The Real Housewives of D.C. in 2010, and the two filed for what became a messy divorce in September 2011.

The Loudoun Times reports that Salahi, a winemaker and former owner of Oasis Winery in Hume, Va., supports American troops, employment for Virginia residents and limiting the role of government in business.

Film crews were present at the event and documentary about the campaign, "In It To Win It," could air after the 2013 campaign. In a press release announcing the documentary, Salahi said, "I’m at a point in my life where I want to make a difference beyond what I was able do for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Wolf Trap and the three Virginia Governors I have already served. Being the next Governor of Virginia will do just that."

Salahi served on the Virginia Wine Board under Gov. Jim Gilmore; he served as chairman of the Virginia Wine Tourism Office under Gov. Mark Warner; and, he was a board member of the Virginia Tourism Corporation under Gov. Tim Kaine.

CrashTheVote.com redirects to Salahi's Facebook-based campaign website

Others have also officially or unofficially thrown their hats into the Virginia governor's race, including Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Democratic National Committee chairperson Terry McAuliffe.

According to the Virginia Public Access Project, his campaign headquarters office is in Arlington.

smwance September 20, 2012 at 02:59 PM
"Crash the Vote"...sounds like a campaign motto that a scammer like him would use.
SoSueMe September 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
This isn't about Tareq running for governor, it's about Tareq running for campaign funds for the next 14 months. Follow the money. He has managed to get his ex-wife's lover, Neal Schon to pay his mortgage for a year. (http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/09/tareq-salahi-journey-neal-schon-lawsuit-settled-michaele) but he needs spending money. This guy's a deadbeat and con artist. After this election is over, I predict Salahi will start a church. Remember, you read it here first.
Skip Endale September 20, 2012 at 08:45 PM
I think he is the perfect governor, now he just needs a T-party side kick.
Bird watcher December 10, 2012 at 07:54 PM
How about the still unresolved scam related to the polo event in Leesburg several years ago. Scott Peck wrote a book entitled "People of the Lie". He must have had the Salahi's in mind!
Bird watcher December 10, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Given the lack of comment, it may be that few think him worthy of interest. Too bad salahi doesn't feel the same way about himself!

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